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Linking Directly to Electronic Resources

Articles and books from electronic databases can be used in Blackboard coursework, but due to license restrictions, access to electronic resources should only be provided through direct links to the material. Identifying and creating the persistent links can be a little complicated. URLs displayed in the address bar are not always stable. We provide a video tutorial and information below on creating the links and include specific directions on some of the more popular databases/publishers.

If you're unsure what links to provide or what additional data to add to the link, please contact us for assistance. We will be glad to help you. Just send an e-mail to eaid@ku.edu and library staff will be in touch.

 


 

 

 

 

See below for text instructions on how to link.*

  1. Locate: Use the Find Article by Citation to locate the article you wish to link and the database in which it exists. Then use the database-specific instructions below to choose the respective database and identify the article's stable URL or DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
  2. Combine: Combine the KU proxy prefix with the stable URL.. The proxy prefix allows KU faculty, staff, and students to access licensed e-resources from off-campus (using their KU Online ID). Sometimes the proxy prefix will already appear in the URL. You don't need to add it again.

    Proxy prefix: http://www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/login?URL=.

  3. Combine: If you only have a DOI instead of a text string, you also need to add http://dx.doi.org/.

    Example: http://www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/login?URL=http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physli....

  4. Paste: Copy and paste the hybrid URL into your documents, e-mail, or course page. The final version will have two "http://"'s, as shown below:

    Example: http://www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/login?URL=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.......

  5. Warning: If you paste URLs with the proxy prefix into documents, it is best not to save as a Microsoft Word document. Word distorts the code and the links won't work. If you have a Word document with links, please save as PDF or HTML before loading into Blackboard.

*Linking is permitted for all licensed content except for the Harvard Business Review. The publisher of the Harvard Business Review forbids linking to articles as well as placing copies of articles in Blackboard. Students must search for these articles on their own.

Database-specific Instructions

Alexander Street Press Databases ii Includes American Civil War, Letters and Diaries; Black Thought and Culture; North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories...
  1. Locate the content.
  2. Copy and paste the URL located in the address bar at the top of your browser window.
  3. Some of the Alexander St. databases have a small icon at the upper right corner that leads to a Permalink. Use this tiny URL if available.
  4. Copy and paste the KU Proxy (http://www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/login?url=) to the front of the previously copied link.

EXAMPLE: http://www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/login?url=http://solomon.bltc.alexanderstree...

OR

http://www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/login?url=http://solomon.tinyurl.alexanderst...

BioOne
  1. Locate article and click "PDF."
  2. Copy and paste the URL located on the first page of the PDF.
  3. Copy and paste the KU Proxy (http://www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/login?url=) to the front of the previously copied URL.

EXAMPLE: http://www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/login?url=http://www.bioone.org/doi/full/10....

Cambridge Journals Online
  1. Locate the article for which you want to create a link.
  2. Go to the full citation by clicking on the title.
  3. At the bottom of the abstract, click "Link to This Abstract."
  4. Copy and paste the link.
  5. If missing, copy and paste the KU Proxy (http://www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/login?url=) to the front of the previously copied link.

EXAMPLE: http://www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/login?url=http://journals.cambridge.org/abst...

Chadwyck-Healey Databases --Includes Early English Books Online, Literature Online...
  1. Locate article and pull up the full record.
  2. Copy and paste the URL under "Durable URL for this text".
  3. If missing, copy and paste the KU Proxy (http://www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/login?url=) to the front of the previously copied link.
East View Databases -- Includes: CIS & Baltic Periodicals, Current Digest of the Russian Press, Russian National Bibliography, Ukrainian Publications...
  1. Locate article and go to the full citation by clicking on the title.
  2. Copy and paste the URL by "permanent article address".
  3. If missing, copy and paste the KU Proxy (http://www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/login?url=) to the front of the previously copied URL.
ebrary Academic Complete
  1. Locate book.
  2. Copy and paste the URL located in the address bar at the top of your browser window.
  3. If missing, copy and paste the KU Proxy (http://www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/login?url=) to the front of the previously copied link..
EBSCO Databases -- Includes: Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete, Communication & Mass Media Complete, eBook Collection, Newspaper Source Plus, SPORTDiscus...
  1. Locate article and go to the full citation by clicking on the title.
  2. On the right side of the window, click "Permalink."
  3. Copy and paste the URL.
  4. If missing, copy and paste the KU Proxy (http://www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/login?url=) to the front of the previously copied URL.
Gale Databases -- Includes: Academic OneFile, Computer Database, Expanded Academic ASAP, General OneFile...
  1. Locate article and go to the full citation by clicking on the title.
  2. Click "Bookmark this Document " (usually to the right of the citation).
  3. Copy and paste the Bookmark URL.
  4. If missing, copy and paste the KU Proxy (http://www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/login?url=) to the front of the previously copied URL.
IEEE Xplore
  1. Locate article and go to the full citation by clicking on the title.
  2. Copy and paste the "Digital Object Identifier."
  3. If missing, copy and paste the KU Proxy as well as the DOI Prefix (http://www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/) to the front of the previously copied number.
JSTOR
  1. Locate article and go to the full citation by clicking on the title.
  2. Copy and paste the "Stable URL."
  3. If missing, copy and paste the KU Proxy (http://www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/login?url=) to the front of the previously copied URL.
KU ScholarWorks
  1. Locate item and go to the full citation by clicking on the title.
  2. Copy and paste the identifier at the top. You do not have to paste in the proxy prefix.
LexisNexis Academic
  1. Locate article and go to the full document by clicking on the title.
  2. Click the "Copy Document Link" icon located in the top right corner of the document.
  3. Right-click the blue text that appears in the pop-up window and select either "Copy Shortcut" or "Copy Link Location."
  4. Paste the copied document link.
  5. If missing, copy and paste the KU Proxy (http://www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/login?url=) to the front of the previously copied document link.
Naxos Music Library -- Includes: Naxos Music Library & Naxos Music Library Jazz
  1. Locate work and go to the full citation by clicking on the title.
  2. To the left of the track details click "Show Static URL."
  3. Copy and paste the URL located below the track title.
  4. If missing, copy and paste the KU Proxy (http://www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/login?url=) to the front of the previously copied URL.
Project Muse
  1. Locate article and go to the full text by clicking on "HTML Version."
  2. Copy and paste the URL located in the address bar at the top of your browser window.
  3. If missing, copy and paste the KU Proxy (http://www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/login?url=) to the front of the previously copied URL.
ProQuest Databases -- Includes: ABI/INFORM, GenderWatch, ProQuest Newsstand, ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source, ProQuest Research Library...
  1. Locate article and go to the full citation by clicking on the title.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the record.
  3. Locate "Document URL". Copy and paste the URL..
  4. If missing, copy and paste the KU Proxy (http://www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/login?url=) to the front of the previously copied URL
Readex Databases -- Includes: African American newspapers, American State Papers, Early American Imprints...
  1. Locate publication and click "View Full Citation".
  2. Scroll down to the bottom and copy and paste the URL by Article Bookmark. On some of the Readex databases, the Article Bookmark appears more prominently at the top.
  3. If missing, copy and paste the KU Proxy (http://www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/login?url=) to the front of the previously copied URL.
SAGE Journals Online
  1. Locate article and go to the full text by clicking "Full Text (PDF)."
  2. Copy and paste the URL that appears below "The online version of this article can be found at:."
  3. If missing, copy and paste the KU Proxy (http://www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/login?url=) to the front of the previously copied URL.
ScienceDirect
  1. Locate article and go to the full citation by clicking on the title.
  2. Copy and paste the URL in blue.
  3. If missing, copy and paste the KU Proxy (http://www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/login?url=) to the front of the previously copied URL.
Taylor & Francis Online
  1. Locate article and go to the full text by clicking on the PDF or "Download full text."
  2. Copy and paste the URL located by "To link to this article:"
  3. If missing, copy and paste the KU Proxy (http://www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/login?url=) to the front of the previously copied URL.
Wiley Online Library
  1. Locate article.
  2. Under "Article Tools", click on the "E-mail Link to this Article" to receive the link via e-mail.
  3. If missing, copy and paste the KU Proxy to the front of the e-mailed URL.

EXAMPLE: http://www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/login?url=http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi...(SICI)1098-108X(200003)27:2<125::AID-EAT1>3.0.CO;2-4/abstract


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